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Mass transit works just fine in going to PDX

To The Editor:

Mike Litt in his letter to the editor last week, 'Streetcar seems like a no-brainer,' said that 'there are no good public transit options between Lake Oswego and the airport.'

We disagree.

We take public transportation to the airport whenever possible. It's easy - take the number 35 from the Lake Oswego Transit Center (by Safeway) to downtown Portland, get off by Pioneer Square and catch Max to the airport. The overall trip takes about an hour and a half and it's inexpensive (85 cents for seniors). The Trimet Web site schedules it for you: Plug in when you want to arrive at the airport and it does the rest. It's a lot easier and less expensive than driving, parking or taking a limo.

We don't have an issue with a streetcar, but if we get one, it ought to be as effective as old No. 35 in getting you downtown.

Jim and Jane Vernon

Lake Oswego

Palisades Neighborhood meeting is June 28

To the Editor:

Join your neighbors next Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Oswego Municipal Golf Course for a general meeting of the Palisades Neighborhood Association.

Meet your current neighborhood board and citizens who are running for board postions. Ask questions and learn about what's new in the neighborhood. Vote on the executive committee members and area managers for the coming year.

I hope to see you there!

Sally Moncrieff

Lake Oswego

'Let's see what the future holds' for Safeco building

To the Editor:

For the past several months we have seen letters to the Review concerning the purchase of the Safeco property by the city of Lake Oswego. It appears to me that the purchase is sort of like a dog chasing a car until he catches it. The question then is 'what does he do with it?'

I think that a similar situation involves the Safeco property. What shall the city do with it? My feeling is that for long-term strategic purposes and planning the city has made the right decision.

Will I be willing to vote for a $100 million bond issue to provide all the facilities that the various parties have suggested? The answer is no. Do I agree with the purchase? Yes. Let's see what the future holds for this valuable piece of real estate.

Arthur Martin

Lake Oswego

Collaborative group is

trying to serve Palisades

To the Editor:

As a candidate to serve on the board of the Palisades Neighborhood Association (PNA), I am part of a slate of 17 candidates who have come together, from all of the diverse areas of the neighborhood, to forge the future of the association. We share a strong commitment and vision that democracy thrives on its processes - rather than on its preconceived truths or absolutes. As a result, we believe we will serve best by listening to our neighbors, by seeking to understand their neighborhood goals and priorities, and by representing their interests within the PNA. We believe strongly in open discourses of ideas - and our first and continuing priority as PNA board members will be to seek out and act upon the opinions of our neighbors. That is why we selected a slate of diverse people from throughout the neighborhood; that is why we are committed to open, well-publicized meetings held on a regularly scheduled basis; and that is why we are excited about the strength and future of this neighborhood. We individually and as a group, under the thoughtful leadership of Sally Moncrieff, are totally committed to be and to remain responsive to the thoughts and suggestions of our neighbors. We will make a difference - and together with their support we will realize the vision of our future neighborhood.

We ask and seek the participation of all of the PNA residents in the democratic process. We hope all of our neighbors will come to the general meeting in June to cast their votes and to let their voices be heard. Let us all begin to enjoy, in the words of Abraham Lincoln, a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Our future awaits us - and depends upon all of us as a collective, collaborative group of neighbors.

Don Irving

Lake Oswego

Need creative thinking, not a new library

To the Editor:

In the June 7 Review, Kathe Worsley had a letter about the Safeco Property questioning the use for a new and suggesting satellite library sites.

In July 2006, I had the following letter published in the review. 'Since the city council purchased the Safeco property, building a new library has come in the forefront for use of the Safeco building. This implies that the present library will be closed down.

'Before a firm decision is made, other options for expanding the library need to be evaluated. The proposition of building a new library, rather than a branch, is based on a consultant's study in 1995. This study is out of date. Times and technology have changed since then.

'I'm sure that many library members do most of their library online and make their book reservations online as my wife and I do. I just go to the library to pick up or return our books. With the majority of people in Lake Oswego using computers for much of their personal activities, branch libraries become a practical, inexpensive option to building a new library to replace the existing library. It would also maintain the integrity of the downtown center for Lake Oswego.

'I could visualize small offices located in several areas around town, about the size of the Boutique in the Mercantile Center, staffed by about two people to loan out the books with a drop-off box fro returns. Books could be sent and picked up by the volunteers who now pick up the books from existing drop-off boxes. This would eliminate the need for a major capital expense.

'Finally it will save library patrons some driving and help parking at main library and contribute to the city's overall conservation effort.'

In summary, we don't need a new library and just need to be more creative in our thinking.

Edwin Srebnik

Past Library Advisory Committee Chair

Lake Oswego

Palisades association has worked well over the years

To the Editor:

I wasn't going to respond to all the negative letters in the June 14 Review regarding the Palisades Neighborhood Association meeting of June 4; but as a longtime PNA member, I knew I had to respond.

My husband and I built our home in the Palisades area in 1960. When Mrs. Rogers first called PNA together, we started attending the meetings. That was 10 years ago. We have attended every meeting we could - probably 85 percent of them. The meetings were always conducted in a friendly and open way.

Then, in marches Mr. Barman and his followers to the June 4 meeting. I can say that probably few, if any, of Mr. Barman's group have attended PNA meetings. Every member of the PNA receives the same mailings regarding upcoming meetings or workshops. We have had meetings with city people and school board members with the same faithful PNA people attending.

I am writing to let the public know that Mr. Barman and his followers were completely out of order - shouting, yelling, raising their arms and not willing to discuss their problems in a courteous and mannerly way. Their behavior was embarrassing and something that had never happened in all the years we have attended PNA meetings. A kind man, pastor of the Mormon church, stood up and told Mr. Barman that he was out of order and that he should calm down and listen. But no, the yelling and shouting continued, almost a frenzy. It was unbelievable for adults to act in such a manner.

There are two sides to every situation, and I just want the people to know that the officers of PNA have worked many hours year after year to develop a PNA plan for the benefit of all.

Ann and Allen Powers

Lake Oswego

During June, celebrate Home Ownership Month

To the Editor:

June is National Home Ownership Month. As a father and husband, community member and advocate, I felt it important to write a few words about the benefits of home ownership.

First and foremost are the tangible benefits. For example, tax savings through the mortgage interest deduction, capital gains exemption on the gain from sale of $250,000 single/ $500,000 married filing jointly, and appreciation. These financial benefits make a staggering difference in a person or family's ability to accumulate wealth in our society.

That said, there are many intangible benefits to home ownership that are often overlooked. For example, peace of mind, security and an enhanced sense of self worth. I don't mean to imply anyone who is not a homeowner lacks these things, but there is something special about having a bit of earth to call your own, no matter how large or small. Much research has been done to quantify these intangible benefits, on everything from SAT scores of children of homeowners to lower crime rates in communities that have high rates of homeownership. I know how powerful it is to pull into my driveway every night and know that I am home. And as long as I keep paying the mortgage, no one can take my home from me or raise the rent.

As a Realtor, there is one of these intangible elements of home ownership that I can quantify: Pride. I see it in the face of every homebuyer when I hand him or her the key to his or her new home. On top of that, no Realtor will ever forget the satisfaction of handing the key to a first time homebuyer and watching them cross the threshold of their first home. It is very powerful watching someone in the exact moment they have achieved the American Dream.

As we celebrate Home Ownership Month, let's be thankful for the sovereign rights that we have in this great nation and never forget the sacrifice of those that have given their lives to preserve those rights for us.

Jeff Wiren

Member, Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors,

Portland

Check out the world of local artist Roger Long

To the Editor:

As shoppers thread their way to the Farmers' Market on a Saturday morning, the lucky ones traveling Evergreen Road can catch a glimpse of the world of artist Roger Long.

Tucked into the corner of 8th and Evergreen, Roger has created a small haven of whimsy and joy. It would seem that Roger cannot view any living things as if he were a traveler casually passing through.

He is connected to it all, and in his hands both the glory and the capriciousness of our natural world is illuminated for our enjoyment.

Check it out.

Margaret Proctor

Lake Oswego